Well here I go - my first step into the world of blogging. I spend most of my day trying to talk people in to stepping outside their comfort zone to try a better wall system, so I guess it doesn't hurt for me to taste some of my own medicine.
Over the past few months so many people have expressed interest on the progress of the new Columbus plant, I thought a blog might be the best way to keep everyone informed. The only problem is that I know nothing about blogs. I expect that just like working with a new building material, my first attempt may take a little longer than I'd like, but eventually my comfort level will increase and before you know it I'll be blogging like a champ.
After a few short delays the much anticipated Columbus facility is starting to take shape. Walls are going up and equipment is about ready to ship. Rodger Cooper our Plant Manager is busy interviewing candidates and setting up his waste stream for recycled polystyrene.
Once the plant is operational, our team will be training on the new equipment and honing their skills so capacity will be somewhat limited for awhile. We will make every attempt to satisfy everyone's schedules but orders will be filled on a first-come first-served basis. Once fully operational Columbus will be the most automated and productive plant in our entire network.
Since I began with RASTRA in February I have talked with hundreds of people who have explored different wall systems and it's really amazing how many on this side of the country have timed your projects to take advantage of the Columbus plant opening. I thank you for that!
One of the conversations that stands out was with Charles Hull of Oregon. Mr. Hull and his wife are building their retirement home off the coast of North Carolina and during our discussion Mr. Hull made an observation that I wish I could take credit for. Mr. Hull, who has extensively researched wall systems, stated that his motivation to use RASTRA was to build the safest, most energy-efficient home possible - not just for the cost savings over the next 10 years - but because he recognizes that new homes built 10 years from now when its time to resell, will all be more energy-efficient. In 10 years home buyers will compare the cost-of-ownership of his home to the improved homes being offered by builders. If the Hull's choose to save 1-2% now and not build the most energy-efficient home, buyers will recognize that they can buy a larger more energy-efficient home and pay out the same per month. He's absolutely right! Saving 1-2% today could be an expensive decision if the house doesn't fully appreciate or sits too long on the market. I wish I had said that.
Thanks for visiting.